Monday, January 4, 2010

Fabulous Homemade Bread

My aunt Sherry sent me two recipes for homemade bread and I use them both. I make mine my hand.  We went to a chili-cookoff tonight that the college kids were having. I made bread to go with the chili.
1/2 cup warm water
3 (.25 oz) pkg dry yeast
1/4 cup bread flour ( I just use unbleached flour)
1 Tablespoon white sugar
2 cups quick-cooking oats (If you have old-fashioned, just put it in the blender and make it like flour)
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup brown sugar (white sugar works fine, if you don't have brown sugar)
2/3 cup vegetable oil
10 cups bread flour
1. In the mixing bowl of an electric mixedr, stir together 1/2 cup warm water, 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1/4 cup bread flour, and yeast. Let grown for about 5 minutes. It will bubble almost immediately.
2. Measure oats, 4 1/2 cups warm water, whole wheat flour, salt, 2/3 cup brown sugar, and 2/3 cup oil intothe mixing bowl. Mix on low speed with a dough hook for 1-2 minutes. Increase speed slightly, and begin adding bread flour 1/2 - 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Humidity determines how much flour you need before the bread pulls away from the edge of the bowl. It is normal for the dough to be sticky.
3. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
4. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Shape loaves, and place in greased 8 X 4 inch pans. Let rise until dough is 1 inch above rim of pans, usually 1 hour.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. or until tops are browned. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

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